King Edward's School Bath

Boys (11 - 18)
Girls (11 - 18)

The Senior School is a warm, welcoming, busy and vibrant environment in which pupils are encouraged to aim for the highest standards in all that they do and to set the kind of example that they would also wish to follow. Whilst we are very proud of examination results that consistently rank King Edward’s amongst the highest performing schools in the south-west of England, we also understand that academic excellence is only one ingredient in the recipe for happiness and success.

About the school

As the city’s former grammar school, founded in 1552, KES has a very healthy tradition of nurturing academic excellence and ambition, reflected these days in the School’s consistently outstanding results which consistently place us in the top five independent schools in the South West. The ethos of the School is one that encourages all pupils to play as hard as they work and to make the most of all the wonderful opportunities here, both in and out of the classroom, that enable them to grow and thrive within a supportive and caring framework. We set the bar high, but we also give our pupils all the tools that they need to reach those ambitious standards. We aim to foster talent in all its forms and to open doors to enquiry and discovery. Independent-mindedness and creative spirit are strong suits, but so too is the sense of community that seeks to respect and value all its members. 

As a family of three schools, the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior sections of King Edward's offer an inspiring and supportive environment for children age 3 to 18. Some join us just for the Sixth Form, many stay for their entire school career. All pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be and all are nurtured along the pathway to leading happy, fulfilled and successful lives at school and beyond.

Children thrive most when they are given the opportunities to find their voice and to express themselves, be that through Sport, Music, Drama, Art, Debating, Creative Writing, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, CCF, Outdoor Pursuits or any of the dozens of clubs and societies that help our pupils grow into confident, engaging and well-rounded young men and women who are ready to throw themselves into the joys and challenges of life beyond school.

ISI Inspection report. In 2015 the School was inspected by the ISI and was judged as ‘excellent’ across all eight aspects of school life under review including pastoral care and co-curricular provision.  The report noted that “The success of the school lies in the strength of the ethos which permeates it from the EYFS to the sixth form.  All three sections of the school encourage the pupils to strive for excellence and to achieve to the best of their ability in a stimulating environment so that they acquire a love of learning which goes beyond the formal curriculum.”

Key Facts

  • Total Pupils: 771 (220 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £4455 to £4525/term

Open Days

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded in Year 7, either for academic excellence or for an outstanding special talent in art, drama, music and sport.

Bursaries. Income-related entrance Bursaries may be awarded to children entering Years 7 and 12, whose parents are unable to pay the full fee. A general Bursary fund is also available to assist parents during times of unforeseen family circumstances, when they may find themselves unable to fund full school fees. Further details are obtainable from the Bursar’s office.

Admissions Process

King Edward’s Pre-Prep and Nursery is non-selective upon joining. Children can join the Nursery after they turn three. Thereafter, children progress to Reception and then onto Years 1 and 2. Space allowing, children are also welcomed throughout the academic year.

Junior School: Children joining from our own Pre-Prep do so via internal assessment.  They do not sit an entrance examination.  Pupils from other primary schools and preparatory schools are offered places based on assessment and interview. The main entry is in Year 3 but other vacancies may occur.

Senior School: All potential Year 7 pupils are interviewed and assessed via an entrance examination testing Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English. Older pupils may enter the Senior School, if and where places are available, by sitting an entrance examination appropriate to their age.

Pupils may also seek direct entry into the Sixth Form. Such pupils are expected to acquire a sound set of GCSE passes before transfer for advanced study. Applicants are interviewed and a reference is sought from their present schools.

Application forms and further information concerning entry are obtainable from the Registrar or available online. Open Days are held in the Autumn and Spring terms.




Our next Senior School and Junior School Open Morning is on Saturday 24 September 2016, from 9.00 to 12.00. Our next Sixth Form Open Evening is on Friday 23 September 2016, from 18.00 to 20.00.


Our next Open Morning at the Pre-Prep is also on Saturday 24 September 2016, with tours at 09.15, 10.15 and 11.15.

Pre-registration will be required for these events. Online registration will open later in the Summer. Please visit: for further details.


For admission enquiries please contact our Registrar on 01225 820399 or email

Finding out more

North Road, Bath, BA2 6HU
01225 464313
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Key Facts

Open Days

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